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Ascuaga, Nugget, award 25 scholarships

9 May 2008

SPARKS, Nevada -- As reported by the Reno Gazette-Journal:" "For more than a half-century, John Ascuaga and his Nugget hotel-casino have distributed scholarships to college-bound seniors, making it one of the longest-running programs of its kind in the state.

"This year a new award, the 'Sorospen Award,' honoring the Nugget's Basque heritage and the spirit of assistance, was introduced and offered.

"In all, 25 of the area students were honored on Tuesday with an awards ceremony and luncheon in the Poolside Terrace at John Ascuaga's Nugget. of secondary education.

"Each winner will receive a total of $1,000, based on continued enrollment and maintaining a minimum grade-point standard.

"...Since 1956, the Nugget's scholarship program has awarded more than $400,000 dollars in educational monies to nearly 500 area students."

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